The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein



Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Neil's Hair

CINCINNATI — The first man to walk on the moon used to come into Marx’s Barber Shop in Lebanon about every month for a trim. That stopped when Neil Armstrong learned that owner Marx Sizemore picked up some of the former astronaut’s hair from the floor of his shop and sold it for $3,000.......

Hair. He Sold Neils Hair. And yet feels he's done nothing wrong. The story goes on to say that he hopes it'll go away (Neil's invoked the help of an attorney ) because he isn't getting the hair back to return to Neil and he won't donate proceeds to a charity as requested.

Hair is a very funny thing. People cut it all the time. People color, curl, bleach, straighten, and braid hair and a whole list of other things. Mothers keep locks of their children's hair. Others sweep it up and put it in the trash. It's funny how personal hair is to people. My own hair streams down my back. Every few years for the last 12, I've taken my heap of hair and had it cut for locks of love. Admittedly, I freely give my hair away. I have even snipped a few dead ends and flushed them. But, I have to side with Neil here, you don't walk in to get a hair cut expecting your barber/ stylist to become $3000 richer from your cut. It's not so much about the money as it is the principal of the thing. You intend your "barber" to do something with the cut strands. I expect mine to be made into a wig. He expected his to be thrown out. You just don't pick it up and do what you want with it. It's just wrong. What could be so hard that this barber can't figure it out? It'd be like your doctor selling your foot after it was amputated. If that's not what you had come to understand was going to happen to it- then it shouldn't happen. Shame on this guy. May generations of his children suffer from male patterned baldness.